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We did this tour on 5th October 2016 and it was something on our bucket list. We are a family of 2 adults and our 11 year old son, who has a love of Italian history and culture and is well travelled. He attends a Christian College and has also grown up with this picture above his Nonna and Nonno's dining room table. To be able to see it for real was an opportunity of a lifetime.
The tour guide was Maria and she was excellent. The tour company was City Wonders who we were delighted to have as we have done many tours with them and they are above excellent and their guides are very well versed as well as being fun and interactive, which our son loves. The tour goes for just over 3 hours. It is a walking tour, but it is not a strenuous long walk, and you are busy listening anyway, so it doesn't feel like a long way.
We met our tour at Piazza del Duoma the Duoma under the arches of the large Mondadori Book Store and the tour went for 3 hours. We went inside the Duomo and were given its history and brief tour but long enough and then walked to the Galleria VittorioEmanuele large glass covered shopping mall which is stunning. We then walked past the La Scala Theatre and saw Leonardo da Vinci's statue/monument and then entered the Brera District for a lovely coffee and cake for morning tea purchased at own expense at Princi's.
We then went to Sforza Castle for a tour and after here we went to view the Last Supper. As you enter, you have to wait in a side room and as one group of tours leaves, the climate controlled door opens and you are allowed in, the door then closes and you are given 25 minutes in the room dimly lit but light enough to see whilst maintaining constant temperature and lighting to care for this incredible historical artwork. This time is plenty long enough and you can see the fresco in detail quite close up so after many photo opportunities with no flash obviously the other door opens and you exit.
We had to come back through another entrance though as we wanted to visit the souvenir shop which isn't part of the tour, so the guide took us aside and went back through with us which was great. We always like a momento of our visit so make sure we ask now otherwise you miss out. This was so high on our list of must do's that we simply had to have something to remember our visit by.
The tour ends here and your guide gives you directions how to return to central Milan. We spent the day shopping and eating gelato as you do when in Italy.
This tour was good for the sights that you get to see - Milan's Duomo, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, La Scala Opera House and being able to jump the queue to see The Last Supper highlight of the tour - no stop at the Castello Sforzesco or Santa Maria delle Grazie as noted in the 'what you can expect'. There were too many people on our tour 52 and it was in both English and Spanish languages, so it got really confusing at times as the tour guide was rushing to get the info across to everyone, plus it took longer to get into and out of places. Smaller groups and more single language tours would be much better, but overall the places you get to see are great.
The skip the line feature at the Milano Duomo was so worth it on a hot day in August when we took this tour. The Milano Duomo is simply tone of he most beautiful cathedrals in Italy if not he world. The walking tour covers quite a bit of ground including the Duomo and surrounding Piazza, past the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II mall, and the historic La Scala theater and the truly imposing Sforza's castle. The guide explained the french influence on the city after the time of Napoleon as we walked past the tree-lined streets to the church of Santa Maria delle Grazia, which houses the Last Supper. We were lucky to be able to visit the church itself and admire the ceilings with both medieval grotesque style and post renaissance style frescos. But the crowning piece of the tour of the fifteen precious minutes one gets in front of Leonardo's Masterpiece. The guide explained the history of the painting and how fortunate it was that this painting survived the humid physical conditions and bombing during world war II.
Our guide, Manuela made this tour spectacular. She guided us through the Treatro alla Scala, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, and through the Milano Duomo with knowledge and humour. We saw and learned so much. Back on the bus and a scenic drive through the streets of Milan as we headed toward the Cathedrale Santa Maria degli Grazie to view the Last Supper - OMG this is something that cannot be missed. Final destination was where we began, in front of the Castel Sforzesco, with enough time for a visit before it closed for the evening. Highly recommended tour.
Compared to other tours that I've been on, I didn't feel rushed. Adequate time was given to see the La Scala Opera House, Sforza Castle and the Doumo. We passed through Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, but shopping was not permitted until after the tour, which was fine since the tour ended near the shopping district anyway.We had a great guide who patiently gave a commentary of all the places that our bus passed-through, not limited to the areas that we stopped at.
An excellent tour!Our guide was so very informative and knowledgeable, the tour included visits to the Duomo, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, Sforza Castle, passing La Scala then through the Brera for a coffee stop. Wonderful tour! and I would recommend it to everyone.
This is the SECOND review I have submitted. The tour guide was a very pleasant enthusiastic young lady. Whose english and knowledge was good. The tour itself was far too expensive for what was included. The La Scala visit was hurried with no access to the auditorium. The Emanuele Vittorio Gallaria was an odd choice - first time I've been taken to a shopping mall on a cultural tour ! To claim the Cathedral is included in the tour, when all we did was stand outside it, is a bit much. Again the Sforza Castle is not a visit because we never went inside to see the treasures in its museums. The "Last Supper" was stunning and I would give up the Gallaria and Cathedral for a double session (30mins) of Leonardo's fresco and a visit to where he lived while in Milan plus a proper visit to the Sforza's museums. I joined the tour because it was the ONLY way to see "The Last Supper" as the tour agencies buy up ALL the tickets (for 6 euro/£4.80) and then charge £51 to be taken to see it. Come on Viator, Milan is a wonderful city, don't spoil it by ripping off its visitors.
Susan A South Africa
Superb 3 hour walking tour with an outstanding guide, Chris who was highly knowlegable, humorous and so interesting. The highlight was seeing The Last Supper, breathtaking and quite moving, a 15 minute private viewing with our group...wow! Visited the Duomo, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, Sforza Castle, passing La Scala then through the Brera for a coffee stop. Wonderful tour, best way to see the city and its gems.
This tour gives you a view of Milan and some of its most important monuments and also enables you to get your bearings in this beautiful city. We visited the Duomo - we had to enter and wander around this magnificent building on our own but there was plenty of time for photographs and exploration, We also had a walking tour which included a visit to the famous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. Our guide happily pointed out most interesting facts about this famous shopping mecca! We then visited the Sforza Castle - outside only - once again you could not help be amazed at the beauty and sheer size of this building built in the 15th Century and still standing today. Our next stop was the world famous La Scala Opera Theatre. It was much smaller than I had imagined but once inside you could really feel the pride and beauty of this world renowed Theatre. We were lucky enough to enter into one of the private boxes and watch a little of a rehersal which was fascinating. It also contains a wonderful gallery of portraits of past and present Opera Icons. Our last stop, via some of the interesting streets of Milan, was the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie - home to the beautiful Da Vinci painting of The Last Supper. This was a most moving experience and our guide gave us expert commentary about the fresco and the meanings contained within. I would recommend this tour to anyone.
Guide was very knowledgeable and helpful and we had a great tour, especially The Last Supper, the Duomo, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele and the Sforza Castle which we came back to later that day. A great way to see Milan with limited time - highly recommended.
John G USA
Main reason for taking this tour was to gain admission to "The Last Supper". If that was all we had seen I would have been quite happy - seeing this beautiful painting was worth the price of the tour. But in addition to this we saw the gorgeous La Scala (we were amazed at the size of the auditorium), the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, the Duomo, and the Storza Castle. We only had a half day in Milan but felt like we really got to see its highlights, at least those that most appealed to our tastes.
Dennis S USA
The tour began and ended well. The tour of La Scala theater and museum was very good, as was the tour of da Vinci's Last Supper. However, the one hour "walking" tour was little more than a quick stroll from La Scala through the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II to the Duomo where, after a brief commentary, we were given about fifteen minutes to visit. My wife and I came back later and spent well over an hour in the cathedral. The tour gave nowhere near enough time to see this magnificent edifice.
Our itinerary included a visit to the Duomo, but our guide wasted so much time in the Vittorio Emanuele Galleria, that we could only take a glimpse at the front facade of the Duomo on our way to the bus.
I highly recommend this tour to the people who want to see for themselves the splendid architecture, the impressive il Duomo, the Gallery Vittorio Emanuele II, and the most overwhelming of all, Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Supper" , monuments of history and art that made Milan famous.
Milan was a very pleasant surprise. This half day tour really set the scene for our four days here.
We covered a number of sights on foot and by coach including the Duomo, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, La Scala, the Castello Sforzesco and the Last Supper.
Although this was only a half day tour the pace was comfortable, and the commentaries were informative and engaging. In addition to the main highlights the commentaries included contextual information "in passing" throughout the old city.
We would highly recommend this tour to anybody making a first visit to Milan as it really provided us with a great appreciation of the city, its history, and what it has to offer to visitors.
We booked the tour having arrived very early in the morning at Malpensa with a 7 hour wait until our daughter arrived at the airport. The tour was wonderful. The directions to the meeting site were clear and easy to follow despite a transit strike in Milan. Francesca was delightful and gave us a wonderful overview of not only the sights but the city of Milan as well. The tour ended on time and not far from Galleria Vittorio Emanuele where we met our daughter.
Sharyn L USA
I thought the information provided was very good, and it was an excellent way to see Da Vinci's Last Supper and the inside of La Scala. We went back to La Scala later, and the free entry back in was great. My main complaint was that there was not a lot of time for certain things like looking around Santa Maria delle Grazie or the mosaics in Vittorio Emanuele gallery. Our guide was very informative, but was not particularly interactive or inviting. Overall though, I think it was a good opportunity to see some of the major sites in Milan.
David C Australia
This tour suited all our needs by showing us La Scala, the Victor Emanuele building, the Duomo and The Last Supper, and it provided a good tour around the city. The guide was very good and had empathy with the group.
Niladri S United Kingdom
The main reason I booked a tour with Viator was to visit Leonardo's "Last Supper". When I checked on the official site for the painting, there was no available time slot. One can book at the official site probably 2 months in advance. I then checked Viator, which guaranteed a visit to the masterpiece. On the scheduled day, we reached the meeting place, and our guide was waiting there for us. She was friendly and knowledgeable, and the next 3 hours she took us through the important sites of Milan, like the castle, the "Last supper", La Scala, the Emanuele Gallery and the Duomo, and explained their history. The tour includes a bus ride as well as a 1 hour walking tour. If you're visiting Milan for a day, there can't be any excuse to miss the "Last Supper", and I suggest Viator as the company has arrangements with both La Scala and the "Last supper". The tour also takes you through Milan's main sites within 3 hours, which is just enough.
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